The US Government has just called an end to the Covid Pandemic. We have all had to adapt to a new world thrown at us with no warning. There was an overnight shift in how we lived and how we worked. Most of us have moved back to our pre-pandemic lifestyles months ago. Many companies are starting to move their workers back to the office at least a few days a week, but many workers are hoping to continue riding the work-from-home wave.
Gartner, a Business Technology Research and Consulting firm, conducted a survey on how employees feel about remote work. Some highlights shown below:
- 86% of workers are more productive when working remotely.
- 34% of US workers would take a 5% pay cut to continue working remotely.
- 29% more of remote workers say they are happy in their jobs compared to on-site workers.
- 82% of remote workers reported lower stress which has shown to reflect in happier more engaged employees.
- 80% of telecommuters report higher morale.
- 68% of the remote workers are not concerned that being away from the office will harm their career progression.
In summary, most of the US work force reports being happier and more productive while working from home.
Studies done by WFH Research show that since 1985, on average, workers were working remotely less than 5% of the time up until the Pandemic. After an immediate rise to 60%, the remote work average has since declined to about 28%. The study shows that Employers have a desire to move towards a hybrid on-site/work from home solution, with a focus on more days in the office. The average worker, however, would prefer working from home rather than on site.
As our working situation continues to be determined, it is obvious that some form of a remote situation is here to stay. To that end, it is important to stay up with the latest technologies that will allow smooth transitions between office and remote work as well as remove productivity obstacles regardless of the work location.
Some technologies to investigate are:
- Reliable and Secure Internet connectivity. Includes VPN and remote sign-in ID verification.
- Communication hardware and software for clear Audio/Video and Meeting Management.
- Data Security during storage and transmission.
- Collaboration Software
- Cloud Based Platforms that tie all the above together for employee productivity and a positive Customer Service experience.
In conclusion, remote work seems to be here to stay in some capacity. It is important for employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as the customer experience that any challenge which may arise from a remote work situation is covered. Technology is available to identify and reduce any remote work situations. And most importantly, we are here to help!
Teledata Select offers a whole range of services that will help you meet your business goals. Starting with a complimentary review of your current telecommunication bills to identify errors and find opportunities for savings, better service and more functionality. We also offer project management for new service implementation and infrastructure installs, including fiber and low voltage cabling. Call us at 404-257-1502 to discuss your current Telecom Service Solution and what you would like to get out of it. Or send us a note via This Link to start a no obligation discussion of your specific business technology needs.
John Hagan is President of TeleData Select, a Telecommunications Consultant located in Atlanta, Ga serving customers throughout the US and overseas. His company provides business solutions for voice, data, mobile and cloud solutions for both large and small businesses. Contact John or his team for a complimentary telecom audit to make sure you’re getting the best value for communication services. The savings you receive could offset the cost of purchasing a new Hosted or Premise based solution.